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March 2011 Archives

April 2-3 On Weekend Arts Magazine

Angela Antle hears it all this weekend! Wooden boat stories, Danny Williams stories, stories from the stage, Innu stories, stories about a new novel from Patrick Warner, artistic stories from Allen Walbourne about folklore, Newfoundland Craft and the Danny years. There’ll be film stories about living and loving in St. John’s from Rozalind McPhail, and songs about loving Newfoundland from Kim Stockwood on Liner Notes.

The Weekend Arts Magazine airs from 6 to 9:30 Saturday and Sunday mornings on CBC Radio 1, that’s 5:30 to 9:00 in parts of Labrador

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March 26027 Gravel Pit Campers

When you look outside your window this morning…it’s hard to imagine ‘camping’ But a visit to the Christina Parker Gallery may help you on that front. Melanie Hamilton has a photo exhibit there called Roadside Camping: On Common Ground.

The images are of gravel pit camps and their residents. Melanie says the show is about freedom and tradition…we started our coversation standing in front of a photo of an abandoned gravel pit…

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March 26-27 Winterset Russell Wangersky

The BMO Winterset Award was announced this week at Govt House. Russell Wangersky was the winner of the $10,000 prize.

He is known to many for his Telegram editorials and his other two previous books Burning Down the House (about his life as a volunteer firefighter) and the short story collection The Hour of Bad Decisions.

He’s won the B.C. National Non-Fiction Book Award, the Edna Staebler Award and the Rogers Cable Non-fiction Prize (NL) for Burning Down the House. The Hour of Bad Decisions was longlisted for the Giller and named one of the top 100 books of 2006 by the Globe and Mail.

And this week Russelll has a new award …the 2010 Winterset prize. For his debut novel The Glass Harmonica.

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March 26-27 Winterset Sam Martin

This Ramshackle Tabernacle is Sam Martin’s debut novel. It’s a collection of linked stories set in small towns in Northeastern Ontario. There are abandonments, deaths, tragedies, sadness and redemption. Here’s Sam Martin reading from his Winterset nominated book.

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March 26-27 Winterset Craig Francis

In the debut novel Blood Relatives, author Craig Francis Power’s character mourns the death of his father and his dying relationship with his live in girlfriend. This is a gritty novel set in downtown St. John’s bars and dives…but there is also love and some pretty quirky moments with an exploding car and a quirky Newfoundland nationalist character. Blood relatives won the Percy Janes First Novel Award and the Fresh Fish Award before being nominated for the BMO Winterset Award. Here’s author Craig Francis Power at the Winterset reading this week.

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March 19-20 Craft Council

There’s a new show at the Craft Council Gallery on Duckworth Street. It features the textile work of Hilary Rice. Hilary is a well known textile artist from the West coast and the metal work of Wesley Harris… I got a sneak peek this week and started with Wesley at a very organic bowl created using an ancient Japanese technique to create a wood grain effect in metal.

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March 26-27 On Weekend AM

This weekend on WAM we’ve got Winterset readers, wooden boats, gravel pit campers and bedtime stories. Tune in to hear BMO Winterset nominees Russell Wangersky, Craig Francis Power and Samuel Martin read from their debut novels, Play Group Theatre presents Norm Foster’s “Bedtime Stories”, the wooden boat group is building a new boat based on the design of Tilting master builder Frank lane, Sherman Downey stars in a new video being launched this weekend in Corner brook and photographer Melanie Hamilton celebrates the rustic simplicity of gravel pit camping in a new show plus on Liner notes we’ve got the Irish Descendants.

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March 19-20 Shallaway Tour

The Shallaway youth choir has a rich history of touring the world and brining Newfoundland’s music and vitality to festivals, churches and World Expos. Today they set out on a new adventure….they’re going to The Nederlands, Belgium and France…where they’ll debut a new commission at the Beaumont Hamel site in France. Kellie Walsh is the artistic director of Shallaway and Jason Noble is the Newfoundland composer commissioned to create the work for Beaumont Hamel

and Bridgitte Lenahan is a young singer with Shallaway.

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March 19-20 Winterset Panel

Three men, three debut novels and now three BMO Winterset Award nominations: Samuel Martin’s Ramshackle Tabernacle, Craig Francis Power’s Blood Relatives and Russell Wangersky’s Glass Harmonica are manly fictions featuring fires, funerals, murders, drinking binges, fighting, lovemaking, laughing, running, coverups and general good times.

I invited all three in to talk…Craig Francis Power spoke to us by phone from Dawson City, Russell Wangersky was also on the phone from Regina and Samuel Martin was live in studio.

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March 19-20 Power Of The Unemployed

Power of the Unemployed is the story of Newfoundlander Pierce Power and his followers during the height of the depression in St. John’s. Although he doesn’t appear in any official history texts, Pierce Power is still remembered by some as a champion of the poor and unemployed.

Pierce was from the working class Southside Road and at the height of his fame he had thousands of followers at his weekly workers rallies. At a time when there was no official opposition, he called on the govenment to increase the amount of flour given to people on the dole and to provide free clothing to keep poor children warm during the winter. And for that he was branded a radical.

Kathryn Welboune and Chris Brookes co-wrote the play almost entirely from police archives.

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March 19-20 Bruce Johnson

Firmament is a novel full of rich imagery and dreams…there are appearances by angels and a root cellar with a frescoed ceiling, stars and comets fly and time stretches and contracts……It all happens in one cove, over 200 years and through 13 separate but connected stories…Bruce Johnson has created a Newfoundland that you may or may NOT recognize in his debut novel.

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March 19-20 On The Weekend Arts Magazine

This weekend tune in to WAM to hear “unexpected” St. Patrick’s Day music, plus all three Winterset Book nominees: Russell Wangersky, Samuel Martin and Craig Francis Power battle it out on the air on Saturday. Kellie Walsh, director of the Shallaway choir and composer Jason Noble will tell us about their upcoming trip to Beaumont Hamel for a world permiere. The Franco Terre-Neuvien community is about to launch a new webradio station called Rafale FM. Chris Brookes and Kathryn Welbourne have published their play about 1930s Newfoundland “Power of the Unemployed” and Rooms curator Bruce Johnson’s debut novel “Firmament” has just been published by Gaspeareau Press. On Liner Notes this weekend, we’ve got one man band extraordinaire Mike Skiffington

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March 12-13 Lauren Bishop

Lauren Bishop has hit the big time. The biiiiig time.

Lauren entered a contest at the website polyvore.com. Polyvore is a place where people go to look at clothing and mess around building their own “thing.”

Well, almost fourteen thousand other people went and entered, too.

But Lauren won! She has the grand prize

She spoke with Angela Antle earlier this week. Angela asked Lauren to describe polyvore.com.

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March 12-13 Danny Williams: A Profile

Danny Williams: A Profile. Four simple words, but what a story. And what a book. Photographs and analysis of Danny Williams’s years as premier of the province.

Breakwater Books is about to release this collection of over 150 Danny pictures by photo-journalist Paul Daly with text by Russell Wangersky.

But I managed a sneak preview and spoke with Paul and Russell about their profile of our ex-premier.

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March 12-13 Jack Cycle

There is a long history of Jack tales in Newfoundland and Labrador. Jack is the hero of many stories, the center of many exploits, the observer of many things.

This year, the seventh annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival closes out its week of tale-spinning with a celebration of all things Jack. Actually, with all things Jack, all of the tales they could find.

Chris Brookes will host the night of the Jack Cycle and Mary Fearon is one of the tellers. They join me in the studio this morning. Thanks for coming in.

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March 12-13 Anton Kuerti

Pianist Anton Kuerti has performed in over 40 countries as a soloist, chamber player and orchestral principal. He has released more than fifty recordings and presents much sought after master classes. He has been called “the best pianist currently playing” and “one of the greatest pianists of our time.”

Tonight in St. John’s at the Arts and Culture Centre, Anton Kuerti completes the cycle of playing Beethoven’s five piano concerti along with the Choral Fantasia, accompanied by the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra.

When most of us look at a piano keyboard we see an enigma - eighty-eight black and white keys that somehow make wonderful music. I asked Anton Kuerti what he sees.

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MARCH 12-13 Rattling Books Nominated for Audie

Janet Russell began Rattling Books as the audio book equivalent of a small book press - recording literature of high quality from Canada for the burgeoning audio book industry.

One of Rattling Books most recent productions, Vikings of the Ice, by George Allan England, has been nominated for an Audie, the Oscar of the audio book world. It is the only title from Canada to receive this distinction.

Angela Antle spoke with Janet, the producer, and Frank Holden, who reads the Vikings of the Ice.

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March 12-13 Murren Murphy

The seventh annual St. John’s Storytelling Festival has been in high gear all this week and it heads into its final couple of days with a feature-packed Saturday driving towards a high-powered Tuesday finale.

The festival has been holding workshops and visiting schools in the area as well as presenting the work of gifted tellers of tales from around the world.

One of the premier word slingers at this year’s festival is Clare Murren Murphy, storyteller from Ireland.

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March 12-13 On Weekend AM

This weekend on WAM, Russel Wangersky and Paul Daly on a new book documenting the political journey of Danny Williams. Anton Kuerti has been called one of the most talented living pianists in Canada - Mack Furlong speaks with him about his upcoming NSO appearance. Janet Russell and Frank Holden have been nominated for an American audio book award for Vikings of the Ice by George Allan England…we’ll speak to them about this fascinating look at 1920s Newfoundland. Tune in Saturday to hear why the work of a Newfoundland woman will soon be seen in Times Square and meet fine crafters Jason Holley and John Goodyear at the opening of their Rooms’ show Crafting Paradox, plus ‘Jack Tales’ from the St. John’s Storytelling Festival and on Liner Notes: the newest Cd from Rawlin’s Cross.

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March 5-6 DELT

Mun’s Distance Education and Learning technologies DELT is running a contest called pitch @ MUN.

It’s hoping to interest students in video production, multimedia and technology and find out how technology will impact education in the future.

It’s open to all students…part time and full time. I met with Ann Marie Vaughan the director of DELT.

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March 5-6 On Weekend AM

This weekend on WAM … tune in for an RPM Challenge listening party… Join WAM host Angela Antle and Elling Lien of The Scope newspaper as they spin some of the musical masterpieces created during the month of February. Playwright Julia Mackey of “Jake’s Gift” an award winning play about a veteran’s journey back to Juno Beach. The stories of Emile Benoit will be brought to life in a French Language play “La Bete Des Sept Tetes” and we’ll hop across the province with this year’s version of The March Hare literary and musical festival. Plus this week on Liner Notes Classical guitarist Sylvie Proulx.

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February 26-27 Sean McCann

Son of a Sailor is the second solo CD project from Sean McCann of Great Gig Sea. While his first solo project was filled with ballads about love and his family…this Cd is closer to his trad roots and celebrates the coastline and the people who make their living from it.

It’s called “Son of a Sailor” and apropriately Sean launched it on a boat…a big boat….in the Carribean…he came into the Wam studio to brag about his trip and blind me with his suntan.

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February 26-27 Scott Connaroe

scott connaroe is a well known Toronto based photographer artist with a thing for landscapes. Scott’s work has appeared in Canadian Art Magazines and at galleries all over Canada and the US and China. His most recent show is called “Shore” and it caught my eye this week because of a misty image of Port Aux Basques…I asked him where the idea came from to follow the north american shoreline.

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February 26-27 Ben Heppner

Ben Heppner is a world famous tenor who has belted it out at the Metropolitian opera, Covent garden, the Berlin Philharmonie and Carnegie Hall” he’s known for difficult roles like Tristan, and verdi’ Otello. He’s a Grammy and Juno Award winner and he’s on stage here in St. John’s tomorrow night. He then and then goes on to the Arts and Culture Centre in Corner Brook.

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